Monday, June 12, 2017
US OPPOSES UN AUTHORIZING 5 COUNTRIES TO FIGHT EXTREMISTS.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates;(WERE WW3 STARTS IN IRAQ OR SYRIA OR TURKEY) and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.(THE TURKEY ATATURK DAM ON THE EUPHRATES CAN BE SHUT AND DRIED UP ALREADY BY TURKEY)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon,(SATAN) and out of the mouth of the beast,(WORLD DICTATOR) and out of the mouth of the false prophet.(FALSE POPE)
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.(WERE 2 BILLION DIE FROM NUKE WAR)
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.(ITS AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE WHEN AMERICA GETS NUKED BY RUSSIA ON THE WAY TO THE MIDEAST)
DANIEL 11:44 (2ND WAVE OF WW3)
44 But tidings out of the east(CHINA) and out of the north(RUSSIA, MUSLIMS WHATS LEFT FROM WAVE 1) shall trouble him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.( 1/3RD OF EARTHS POPULATION)
12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.(WORLDWIDE WAR)(TURKEY-IRAQ-SYRIA)(EUPHRATES RIVER CONSISTS OF 760 MILES IN TURKEY,440 MILES IN SYRIA AND 660 MILES IN IRAQ)
15 And the four(DEMONIC WAR) angels were loosed,(WORLDWIDE WAR) which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.(1/3 Earths Population die in WW 3 2ND WAVE-2 billion)
16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:(200 MILLION MAN ARMY FROM CHINA AND THE KINGS OF THE EAST) and I heard the number of them.
17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.(NUCLEAR BOMBS)
Japan clears way for first emperor abdication in over 200 years-[AFP]-Kyoko HASEGAWA-yahoonews-June 9, 2017
Japan's parliament passed a law Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries.The popular 83-year-old monarch shocked the country last summer when he signalled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades on the Chrysanthemum Throne, citing his age and health problems.The unexpected move presented a challenge since there was no law to deal with an emperor retiring from what is usually a job for life -- and it reignited debate about allowing women to ascend the male-only throne.The one-off rule was passed in the last-stage upper house on Friday in a unanimous decision after the lower chamber gave its stamp of approval last week.The abdication must take place within three years -- and it only applies to Akihito.Tokyo is eyeing the end of 2018 as a likely timeline for his retirement, Japanese media said.The status of the emperor is sensitive in Japan given its 20th century history of war waged in the name of Akihito's father Hirohito, who died in 1989.Some worried that changing the law to allow any emperor to abdicate could put Japan's future monarchs at risk of being subject to political manipulation.Akihito, who has been treated for prostate cancer and had heart surgery, is expected to step aside in favour of his eldest son, Crown Prince Naruhito, 57.There have been abdications in Japan's long imperial history, but the last one was more than 200 years ago, so politicians had to craft new legislation to make it possible."The one-off law is a result of political compromises, but it will become a precedent for future abdications," said Setsu Kobayashi, a constitutional expert and professor emeritus at Japan's Keio University.- 'Casual image' -Akihito was born in 1933 just as Japan was embarking on its militaristic sweep across Asia, and was 11 when the war ended in defeat.His father was allowed to remain on the throne after Japan's defeat, but his status was downgraded from semi-devine sovereign to a figurehead with no political power.Akihito embraced the role and tried to use it to help heal the scars of the war while remoulding one of the world's oldest monarchies for a democratic age.Even before he assumed the throne, Akihito broke with tradition when he married the daughter of a wealthy flour magnate in 1959, becoming the first imperial heir to wed a commoner.The emperor and his wife Empress Michiko are seen as being the more accessible face of a monarchy that largely remains in the shadows, unlike the British royals.The couple have frequently attended public events and console victims of natural disasters, including Japan's 2011 quake-tsunami disaster.Akihito is barred from commenting on politics, but he has over the years hinted at his own anti-nationalist views.Speaking at a memorial marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender, Akihito expressed "deep remorse" for the country's actions in World War II.Some saw this as a rebuke to nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has pushed to change Japan's pacifist constitution and prevent Japanese from having to apologise again for the nation's warring past.Akihito's pending abdication had reignited concerns about a potential succession crisis.There are no more eligible male heirs after the 10-year-old son of Crown Prince Naruhito's younger brother Akishino.Japan's centuries-old succession would be broken if that son, Hisahito, does not have a male child.In response, Japan's parliament has called for a debate on giving women a bigger role in the male-dominated monarchy.The idea -- including the possibility of letting women ascend the throne -- is popular among ordinary Japanese, but it is vehemently opposed by traditionalists including the current prime minister and like minded conservatives.Female imperial family members lose their royal status upon marriage to a commoner, a point highlighted by recent news that one of Akihito's granddaughters, Princess Mako, plans to marry her college sweetheart.
As Tillerson calls for calm, Trump calls out Qatar on terror-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 10, 2017
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is ramping up pressure on Qatar to stop what he calls a "high level" of financial support of terrorism, even as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tries to calm the worst diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf in years.Trump's demand that there be "no more funding" by Qatar for extremists groups contradicted the message delivered Friday by Tillerson, who had urged Qatar's neighbours to ease their blockade while calling for "calm and thoughtful dialogue." Only an hour later, Tillerson sat in the front row in the Rose Garden as Trump enthusiastically embraced the move by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and others to punish Qatar."The nation of Qatar, unfortunately, has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level," Trump said, echoing an allegation the Saudi-led group has used to justify cutting diplomatic ties to the tiny gas-rich country. "We have to stop the funding of terrorism."Despite Tillerson's plea for "no further escalation," Trump's sharp comments were likely to further embolden Saudi Arabia and the others in their bid to isolate Qatar. The State Department had said the U.S. learned only at the last minute about the Arab nations' plan to cut ties. But Trump said that he, Tillerson and military leaders had decided during Trump's trip to Saudi Arabia last month that a public rebuke was needed."The time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding — they have to end that funding — and its extremist ideology in terms of funding," Trump said. Though the president said others, too, were guilty of supporting terrorism, he said he would not name them.In a day of mixed messages and chaotic diplomacy, Tillerson emphasized the economic, humanitarian and military damage he said the blockade was inflicting. He said families were being separated, children removed from school and Qataris forced to deal with food shortages."We believe these are unintended consequences, especially during this Holy Month of Ramadan, but they can be addressed immediately," he said.Tillerson also said the blockade by Qatar's neighbours was "hindering U.S. military action in the region, and the campaign against ISIS," using an acronym for the Islamic State group. But at the Pentagon, a spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said only long-term military planning was affected. Davis said the diplomatic rift has not interrupted or curtailed operations at al-Udeid air base, a launching pad for U.S. military efforts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.Still, the Pentagon has been developing contingency plans in case there's any interruption, defence officials said. Aircraft that fly out of Qatar - including fighter jets, drones and refuelling planes - can be relocated to a number of other bases in the region including in Iraq, Turkey, Kuwait and Bahrain and off aircraft carriers, the officials said.There was no immediate reaction from Qatar, which hosts some 10,000 U.S. troops. The Qatari Embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment.The escalating crisis in the Persian Gulf erupted this week when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties to Qatar, accusing the country of tolerating or even encouraging support for extremist groups, including al-Qaida's Syria branch. Qatar's neighbours have also criticized Qatar for allegedly supporting groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas."Qatar has a history of supporting groups that span the spectrum of political expression, from activism to violence," Tillerson said. He credited Qatar's emir with making progress in curbing financial support and expelling terrorists, but added, "He must do more, and he must do it more quickly."The spat has led to one of the worst Gulf crises in decades, with suspended flights and regional ports closed to Qatari ships. Increasing the pressure Friday, Qatar's neighbours put 12 organizations and 59 people on a terror sanctions list and described them as being associated with Qatar. The country called the allegations "baseless."Tillerson, speaking at the State Department, said the U.S. would help support efforts to mediate the crisis, along with Kuwait — another Gulf country that has stepped up to try to broker a resolution. Urging all sides to avoid further escalation of the conflict, Tillerson said the elements were available to resolve it.___Associated Press writers Robert Burns, Lolita C. Baldor and Julie Pace contributed to this report.___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joshledermanAP-Josh Lederman, The Associated Press.
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast (EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADING BLOCKS-10 WORLD REGIONS/TRADE BLOCS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings(10 NATIONS-10 WORLD DIVISION WORLD GOVERNMENT) that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(EITHER THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR BOOTS 3 COUNTRIES FROM THE EU OR THE DICTATOR TAKES OVER THE WORLD ECONOMY BY CONTROLLING 3 WORLD TRADE BLOCS)
9 And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.(THE VATICAN IS BUILT ON 7 HILLS OR MOUNTAINS)
10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen,(1-ASSYRIA,2-EGYPT,3-BABYLON,4-MEDO-PERSIA,5-GREECE) and one is,(IN POWER IN JOHNS AND JESUS DAY-6-ROME) and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.(7TH-REVIVED ROMAN EMPIRE OR THE EUROPEAN UNION TODAY AND THE SHORT SPACE IS-7 YEARS.THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL HAVE WORLD CONTROL FOR THE LAST 3 1/2 YEARS.BUT WILL HAVE ITS MIGHTY WORLD POWER FOR THE FULL 7 YEARS OF THE 7 YEAR TRIBULATION PERIOD.AND THE WORLD DICTATOR WILL BE THE BEAST FROM THE EU.AND THE VATICAN POPE WILL BE THE WHORE THAT RIDES THE EUROPEAN UNION TO POWER.AND THE 2 EUROPEAN UNION POWER FREAKS WILL CONTROL AND DECIEVE THE WHOLE EARTH INTO THEIR DESTRUCTION.IF YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS.YOU WILL BE DECIEVED BY THESE TWO.THE WORLD POLITICIAN-THE EUROPEAN UNION DICTATOR.AND THE FALSE PROPHET THAT DEFECTS CHRISTIANITY-THE FALSE VATICAN POPE.
11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he ( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant (PEACE TREATY) with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE ANIMAL SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
EU environment and science money moved to military fund By Peter Teffer-euobserver
Brussels, 9. Jun, 09:23-The European Commission is proposing to finance parts of its proposed defence fund with money originally allocated to energy, environmental and scientific programmes.The EU's executive announced its plan to subsidise research and procurement of high-end defence technologies on Wednesday (7 June), but the origin of the money has gone largely under-reported.In 2019 and 2020, the commission wants to redirect €145 million that was originally allocated to the Connecting Europe Facility, a programme aimed at integrating European energy markets, increasing energy security, protecting the environment, and promoting interoperability of digital service infrastructures.Of that sum, €40 million was supposed to go to projects that contribute to “sustainable development and protection of the environment”.The redirection has irked some environmental groups.“If it's correct that the European Commission is proposing to divert funds earmarked for environmental and climate protection to the defence industry - as appears to be the case - this is a new low,” said Magda Stoczkiewicz, director of Friends of the Earth Europe.“The security of humankind depends on having a liveable climate and healthy planet,” Stoczkiewicz told EUobserver in a written statement.“More funds, not less, are urgently needed to bring about the transition to a clean, sustainable energy system. In this crucial period when the future of Europe is in the spotlight, the EU institutions needs to demonstrate they are focused on the health of people and planet, not on the interests of the defence industry.”Greenpeace was also annoyed, although its climate and energy policy advisor Ansgar Kiene said he was not 100 percent sure what the programmes originally would have entailed.“This would be a short sighted and dangerous move by the EU and European governments,” Kiene said in an emailed comment.“Peaceful societies rely on a healthy environment. Without investing in environmental protection and action on climate change, the EU would in fact increase the threat to peace and stability,” he added.The €145 million is a relatively small part of the total budget of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), which is worth around €30 billion over the 2014-2020 period.-Shifting priorities-However, it is not the first time that Jean-Claude Juncker’s commission has redirected funds from the CEF, set up during his predecessor Jose Manuel Barroso, to other priorities.At the end of last year, some €33 million from the CEF were redirected to the Erasmus+ education programme. A free WiFi fund will also chip some millions away from CEF.A separate, large-scale investment programme, called the Juncker fund, was funded by redirecting €6 billion from CEF, as well as another EU fund, the research & development programme Horizon 2020.The EU defence fund will not take money from Horizon 2020, but scientific programmes will be affected, if member states and MEPs agree with the commission's proposal.-Satellites-The commission wants to take €80 million in 2019 and €50 million in 2020 from funds originally promised to Europe's satellite navigation programme Galileo.Galileo, a €5-billion project by the EU and by the intergovernmental European Space Agency, is Europe's answer to GPS, and an attempt to no longer rely on that US-owned technology.The EU's earth observation programme Copernicus will also hand in some of its funds, but this will amount to only €15 million of its total €4.3 billion.Copernicus satellite data can be used to map environmental pressure, possible migration flows, or check the lands of recipients of EU farm subsidies.Another notable programme to be hit by the EU defence fund is Europe’s contribution to international nuclear fusion research.Scientists are trying to harness the power of the sun to provide limitless clean energy.But the Barcelona-based Fusion for Energy (F4E) organisation will see its 2019 budget reduced by €30 million and its 2020 budget by €50 million for the sake of the defence fund.-Commission promises no delays-In a response, the European Commission defended the reshuffling of budgets.“With the European Defence Fund, we are delivering on president Juncker's commitment to increase the security of our citizens, and responding to the mandate by the European Council of December 2016,” said EU commission spokeswoman Lucia Caudet-The European Council is the regular summit of EU government leaders.“The reallocation of funds has been carefully designed in a way that none of the current projects will be delayed and the future delivery of the various programmes will not be affected,” said Caudet.She added that the ICT part of the Connecting Europe Facility (€25 million) “should be seen in the light of growing synergies between cyber-defence and civilian cybersecurity”.The exercise highlights the constraints in which the European Commission works.The European Union budget is fixed for several years, and if the commission wants to propose new policies that require funding, it often has to redirect money originally allocated elsewhere.
May clings to power with Irish unionists-By Eszter Zalan-euobserver
LONDON, 9. Jun, 17:56-UK prime minister Theresa May defied calls to step down from office, and announced the formation of a minority government on Friday (9 June), with the help of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist party (DUP). But May's position has weakened.Thursday’s general election resulted in a hung parliament, with the Conservatives winning 318 seats, short of the 326 seats needed for a majority government. The opposition party, Labour, received 261 seats of the total 650 in the House of Commons.May made clear that she wants to govern for the next 5 years."I will now form a government, a government that can provide certainty and lead Britain forward at this critical time for our country,” May said in a statement after meeting with the Queen.She said that the Tories and the DUP, Northern Ireland’s leading unionist party, "have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years" and that this gives her "the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom."DUP's leader, Arlene Foster, said that the party will enter into negotiations with May to "explore how it may be possible to bring stability” to the country.The question is how long May will stay on. For now, she has managed to hold onto power, but after losing the majority in parliament the knives are coming out.Experts say a new election seems unavoidable."Its going to be difficult to stay on, there is no one else to blame for the election loss. MPs will be very worried about her leading them into a new election maybe within the year," Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, told EUobserver.However, with Brexit talks set to start in 10 days, the Conservatives have little time for a leadership crisis."What the country needs more than ever is certainty,” May warned in her statement.But a Tory leadership race has already kicked off, reportedly, with Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign minister Boris Johnson feeling out the mood.On Friday, May also confirmed that Brexit negotiations would start in 10 days. The clock is ticking: unless she gets the consent of the other 27 EU leaders, the UK will be out of the union in March 2019.In her brief speech, May did not give any hints as to whether she would change her position on striving for a hard Brexit, which would entail pulling the UK out of the customs union, as well as the EU's single market.European Council chief Donald Tusk congratulated May in a letter urging to start the talks swiftly."The timeframe set by Article 50 of the Treaty leaves us with no time to lose. I am fully committed to maintaining regular and close contact at our level to facilitate the work of our negotiators,” Tusk wrote.-End of hard Brexit?-Some Tory politicians took the electoral beating as a sign that voters are not interested in a hard Brexit.Nevertheless, experts have warned against concluding that the vote was an outright "no" to May’s vision for a hard Brexit.“In some respects it is a Remain revenge when it comes to young people,” Tim Bale said, referring to the large number of young voters who cast their ballot and are more favourable towards EU membership.“It [the result] gives any rational prime minister reason for pause to think, but when it comes to Europe and the Conservatives, there is not a lot of rationality we can talk about,” he quipped.-House reinforced-The minority cabinet will give more of a voice to the UK parliament in Brexit talks, which could tame May’s hard positions, for example on leaving the customs union.“The elections further complicated the UK’s negotiating leverage,” Agata Gostynska-Jakubowska, a research fellow at the London-based Centre for European Reform, told EUobserver."The fact that she is forming a minority government, [and] that Labour has strengthened, might result in the parliament putting more pressure on her stance, demanding greater scrutiny, and for her to reveal her positions,” she said.While Labour has been more flexible on some Brexit issues, the party has been more evasive on the issue of the single market, Gostynska-Jakubowska added. The party has said that it wanted Britain to hold onto the benefits of the single market and customs union, but didn’t say if it wanted the UK to leave.The result could also prompt the EU "to exploit concerns on hard Brexit", Bale said.Any minority government would have difficulty delivering results, which makes negotiations more difficult.
Catalonia launches countdown to independence vote By Helena Spongenberg-euobserver
BARCELONA, 9. Jun, 16:32-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont announced Friday (9 June) that the region will hold a much anticipated and controversial binding referendum on independence from Spain on 1 October, despite strong opposition from Madrid.Catalans are set to answer the yes or no question: "Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a Republic?""We have repeatedly pursued a deal," said Puigdemont. “We have communicated directly to the Spanish government and its president our firm will to sit down and negotiate a solution.”"But we have come to the end of our legislature and we have not had a single positive answer," the Catalan leader said, adding that his coalition party entered and won the last regional election in 2015 on the promise of carrying out the "legitimate right to self-determination.""The answer that our co-citizens will give in, in the form of a yes or a no, will be a mandate that this government is committed to implement. It is time for the Catalans to decide their future," Puigdemont said, whilst noting that either of the two outcomes of the referendum would be respected.The Spanish government has repeatedly said that there will be no referendum in Catalonia.On Wednesday, the Spanish deputy prime minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, stated that "they can announce this referendum as many times as they want, and delay it for as many weeks as the want, and summon all the acts they want, but that referendum is not going to be held."Another Spanish official, the minister for education, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, said: "There will be no referendum on 1 October because it is illegal.""The government wants to make clear to Mr. Puigdemont that any act signed, will be appealed," he added, speaking on behalf of the government in Madrid shortly after the Catalan referendum announcement."We want the Catalans to know that the national government looks out for their interests and that it will not allow for illegalities to take place in Spain."However, according to polls, nearly 80 percent of Catalans are in favour of a referendum, and around 47 percent of Catalans are in favour of the region becoming an independent state, whereas 42 percent are against it.At the 2014 consultative referendum, 80 percent voted "Yes" to independence, but just over a third of eligible voters turned up to cast their ballot.-Court battles-That referendum was declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court.Earlier this year, the Catalan Supreme Court found the then regional leader, Artur Mas, as well as two former minsters, guilty of disobeying the Spanish Constitutional Court by holding the non-binding referendum.They have all appealed the case.Nevertheless, Puigdemont and his government ministers might well find themselves in the same situation as the previous government."The danger of carrying out the referendum – and the mere fact of calling it – is that it involves disobedience of the suspension that the [Spanish] Constitutional Court has repeatedly made,” Xavier Arbos, professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Barcelona, told the EUobserver.This could lead to criminal prosecution for disobedience and maybe also for the misuse of public funds, Arbos added.Another risk could be the intervention from Madrid in the Catalan government.-Risky intervention-The government in Madrid could decide to put into force Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which allows for – after several political debates – the intervention in some parts of the regional government.Alternatively, Madrid could opt for a faster means of intervention and declare the Catalan referendum a situation of national security and, for example, immediately take control of the regional police force."I think these are the two main risks" said Arbos about Catalonia holding a referendum against Madrid’s will."My perception is that Puigdemont will not be able to hold a referendum that adjusts to the general consensus, with the guaranties of impartiality," Arbos said.He added that: "Because the state will most likely interfere, and therefore maybe not all the government officials will agree [to participate in the referendum], so they might have to use volunteers – and the referendum might be impaired."Barcelona and Madrid have been in a dead-lock over the future of Catalonia since the Spanish Constitutional Court in 2012 overturned an agreed regional statute, which would have given Catalonia more autonomy.Those seeking independence see a break from Spain as a divorce, whereas Madrid and other Spanish regions see it as performing an amputation on Spain.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)
Landspout tornado spotted east of Edmonton-[CBC]-yahoonews--June 9, 2017
A landspout tornado was spotted east of Edmonton as Environment Canada issued an advisory to watch out for funnel clouds in parts of Alberta.The weather advisory covered Airdrie, Cochrane, Olds, Sundre, Brooks, Strathmore, Vulcan, Drumheller, Three Hills, Hanna, Coronation, Oyen, Lloydminster, Wainwright, Vermilion and Provost. It was lifted late Friday night.Several people on social media posted photos of a suspected tornado near Mannville, east of Edmonton, on Friday afternoon. Environment Canada later confirmed it was a landspout tornado.Funnel clouds, which usually appear with little or no warning, should be treated seriously, and nearby residents should be prepared to take shelter, says Environment Canada.Funnel clouds are generated by weak rotation under rapidly growing clouds of weak thunderstorms. They do not normally pose a danger near the ground, however there is a chance they could intensify and become a weak landspout tornado.Landspout tornadoes do not usually cause major damage but should still be considered dangerous. They can be strong enough to topple trees, damage roofs or toss debris short distances.
Pay now or pay later: Edmonton councillors ponder flood prevention-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 9, 2017
Edmonton city councillors want to 'crunch the numbers' to find the cheapest option when it comes to dealing with flooding: Do the work up front, or pay for the cleanup later? The question was discussed as councillors were given an outline of the city's flood mitigation strategy at the utility committee meeting Friday.The strategy includes scenarios where the city could spend between $2.2 billion and $4.68 billion to improve the city's drainage system, depending on the level of risk it wants to guard against.The scenario city staff recommended involves paying $2.6 billion to bring the city's drainage system to a standard where it could handle a one-in-100 year storm.Mayor Don Iveson introduced a motion that calls for the city to partner with the provincial and federal governments, and insurance companies, to study the data and numbers.When there is flooding, it is often those levels of government that end up paying for disaster assistance, said Coun. Ben Henderson.The committee voted in favour of the motion."I think we have to pay one way or the other," said Henderson. "There's a point at which it may be cheaper to do the repair afterwards than to guard against something from a risk point of view that's very unlikely to happen."-'The new normal'-There is probably a compromise somewhere in the numbers, said Iveson."Do we want to pay through our drainage utility or do we want to pay through our utility rates? Because there's probably an overlap point there that's the sweet spot," said Iveson."What extreme do you actually plan towards?" asked Henderson. "Somebody needs to crunch those numbers before we start making these decisions."The plan recommended by staff would protect Edmonton homes and businesses against what has been described as the new normal for the city.The new normal as defined by city staff includes storms that cover only a small area — five square kilometres or less — and can quickly overwhelm sewer lines in older areas, flooding basements and road underpasses," said Todd Wyman, director of sustainable services.That type of small storm flooded 4,000 basements in Mill Woods in 2004. A similar storm flooded 1,200 basements in 2012, said Wyman.EPCOR is taking over the city's drainage department in September 2017.The city-owned company will continue with this flood mitigation strategy and bring forward a list of priorities to the committee in 2018.
Floods, high lake levels delay Toronto beach openings-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 9, 2017
After a rain-filled spring, the warm temperatures and sun will make the weekend in Toronto feel closer to summer.But if hitting a beach to catch those rays were in the plans for Torontonians, they'll have to wait. Due to high lake levels and spring flooding, all 11 of the city's beaches are currently either partially closed or unsupervised. "Some beaches currently have large portions that are underwater," said City of Toronto spokesperson Wynna Brown. "The degree to which we're going to see improvement on that remains to be seen. We have to keep an eye on that."The closures won't mean fencing around the beaches but annual upkeep and preparations, including clean up and lifeguards on patrol, aren't in place yet. - Full list of current beach conditions-The city added that it is monitoring E.coli levels on beaches and its crews can't begin cleaning up until the lake levels naturally go down. "We're hopeful that if conditions continue to improve, we should see the beaches fully running by Canada Day," Brown added. Dogwalker Pamela Fox visits Cherry Beach everyday and her walks have not been without its challenges, she said."[The dogs] like the water so it's not so bad. But it makes for a very messy dog walk," Fox said as she strolled with a half dozen dogs in tow. Fox said she's also noticed high water levels that have yet to fully peak in certain sections of the park and said "we've lost a lot of our shoreline."Manny Obel, who frequents the beach, didn't mince words about what he thinks this will mean for the start of summer."It's a disaster," he said motioning to the debris strewn about the beach."I don't think we're impressing any tourists or first-time visitors here," Obel added.
WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)
EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18
OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)
12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)
London Bridge attacker tried to rent larger truck-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 10, 2017
LONDON — British police have arrested two more suspects over the London Bridge attack, and revealed that the carnage could have been worse had the attackers succeeded in their goal of renting a larger truck, rather than a van, to mow down pedestrians.The bloodthirsty gang was also shot dead before they could make their way back to the van where their petrol bombs were stored.London's Metropolitan Police said Saturday that they arrested a 27-year-old man and a 28-year-old man overnight in east London on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism. Police have seven people in custody over suspected links to the three attackers who killed eight people on and around London Bridge on June 3.Police released details of their investigation Saturday as they appealed to the public for information, saying that showed Khuram Butt, believed to be the plot's ringleader, originally tried to rent a 7.5 ton box truck. The intended truck was smaller but similar to the one used in the Nice attack last year that killed 86 people and injured hundreds in the resort town in the south of France.After his payment was declined, Butt and his two accomplices rented a smaller van that they used to plow into crowds before they leapt from the vehicle and went on a stabbing rampage in an attack that left eight people dead and nearly 50 injured. It was the third deadly attack in Britain in three months.After leaving the small white van, the men used 12-inch knives with bright pink blades, according to Dean Haydon, head of the Metropolitan Police's Counter-Terrorism Command.Police also disclosed that more than a dozen petrol bombs and two blowtorches were discovered in the van, and a copy of the Qur’an opened at a page "describing martyrdom" was found at one of the attackers' houses.Investigators believe three victims were killed on the bridge, including one man who was thrown into the River Thames, before the attackers left the vehicle and stabbed five people to death around London's busy Borough Market, Haydon said. Police believe Butt was driving the van."When I come back to Butt trying to get hold of a 7.5 ton lorry — the effect could have been even worse," he said.Haydon said the men may have been planning even more bloodshed if they made it back to the van.Police also found a number of office chairs, gravel and a suitcase in the van.Detectives believe the gravel may have been placed in the vehicle to make it heavier, or as part of a cover to justify hiring it, while the chairs may have been used to convince family and friends they were moving furniture.Butt, a 27-year-old Pakistan-born British citizen, and his two accomplices, Rachid Redouane, 30, who claimed to be Moroccan-Libyan, and Youssef Zaghba, a 22-year-old Italian national of Moroccan descent, were shot dead by armed police eight minutes after the first emergency call.The three attackers were wearing fake suicide belts consisting of plastic water bottles wrapped in grey duct tape.Haydon described the pink knives as "pretty unusual" and appealed for anyone with information about where they came from to contact police.Police raided Redouane's small residence on Tuesday and said he had been renting it since April. This was the safe house where the attack was planned, police said. In the residence, police said they found an English-language copy of the Qur’an opened at a page describing martyrdom, pieces of cloth which appeared to match material wrapped around the petrol bombs and water bottles similar to those used in the fake suicide vests. Luggage straps, plastic retractable craft knives and rolls of duct tape were also found.The question remains how the men met and knew one another but police said Saturday they did not suspect a wider plot."It looks as if it is pretty much a contained plot involving the three of them, which is supported by the forensic evidence we've got back so far," Haydon said.Butt had been on bail after being arrested for fraud in a case in October, police said. He had also been repeatedly reported to police for violent behaviour and trying to recruit young children to the Islamic State group, and appeared in a TV documentary titled "The Jihadis Next Door," where he was seen next to a group of men unfurling a black-and-white flag scrawled with Arabic script and associated with the Islamic State group.But Haydon said "there was no evidence uncovered of any attack-planning in relation to him."Butt had been warned by police on two occasions — once for fraud in 2008 and once in 2010 for assault. Still, he did not have any criminal convictions.Zaghba and Redouane had no criminal convictions or such warnings in Britain."From what I'm seeing, there is nothing that suggests at the moment that we got that wrong," Haydon said, referring to Butt.Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press.
US opposes UN authorizing 5 countries to fight extremists-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 10, 2017
The United States is opposing a French-drafted U.N. resolution that would authorize military action by five countries in Africa's vast Sahel region against extremist groups.France's U.N. Ambassador Francois Delattre says the African Union and the five countries — Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Niger and Chad — have asked for Security Council authorization for the force. He said this would be "the best tool" to combat extremism in the region.France circulated a revised council resolution Friday that would authorize the force from the so-called Group of Five or G5, and wants a vote, hopefully next week.But a U.S. official says that while the Trump administration supports the force in principle "as a potentially important example of African efforts to fight extremism," it doesn't believe a Security Council resolution is legally necessary for its deployment.The official, speaking Friday on condition of anonymity because negotiations have been private, said the force already has a green light to go after extremists and "there is no compelling reason" to give it U.N. authorization under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter which is militarily enforceable.The U.S. official said the G5 force should operate without U.N. approval, just as the task force operating in the Lake Chad Basin fighting Boko Haram does.But supporters of a U.N. resolution say that force never asked for U.N. authorization while the AU and the G5 have requested Security Council approval. They also note that the council has authorized the African Union force in Somalia, AMISOM, which is fighting al-Qaida-linked extremists of al-Shabab.Italy's U.N. Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, a Security Council member, said Friday the G5 are facing tough challenges fighting extremists, and they are also doing so on behalf of the international community."We think it's absolutely important that the council recognizes the efforts of the five Sahel countries, supports their efforts and validates the mission," he said. "These are poor countries. They are doing a lot. They need help."The United States wants to cut $1 billion from the budget funding the U.N.'s far-flung peacekeeping operations for the year starting July 1, and while the draft resolution wouldn't authorize any money for the G5 force, it does ask Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report to the Security Council in 60 days on options to support the Sahel troops.The U.S. official, asked whether potential new funding was an issue, replied that the proposed resolution only asks for a report. The U.S. government is "generous" in assistance to the five Sahel countries, and thinks the G5 force should be modeled on the force fighting Boko Haram, the official said.The revised draft resolution would still authorize the G5 force for a year, despite U.S. opposition. But it does address the proposed mandate of the Sahel troops which the U.S. official complained was "too broad" and "lacking precision."The new draft specifies that the force should be authorized to take "all necessary measures to combat terrorist groups" associated with the Islamic State extremist group and al-Qaida, and other groups designated by the United Nations.Edith M. Lederer, The Associated Press.
Thousands gather to break Ramadan fast in the heart of the city-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 10, 2017
Thousands of Torontonians of all faiths gathered in the heart of the city to celebrate Ramadan on Friday night — a first-of-its-kind celebration that organizers hope becomes an annual event.There was music, food, and special appearances by Mayor John Tory and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland for the Fast in the 6 event in Nathan Phillips Square, which celebrated the breaking of the Ramadan fast.The evening was spearheaded by Toronto philanthropists Dany and Lisa Assaf, who say it took a year to plan, and initially started with the notion of hosting a Ramadan dinner in their backyard."Part of the practice of Ramadan is to break your fast with friends, family, and enjoy food — and we thought, wouldn't it be great if we could do that for the whole city? Clearly our backyard's not big enough," Lisa Assaf said with a laugh.The evening was hosted by Raptors home-game host Mark Strong and featured performances by the TSO Chamber Soloists, pop artist Yuna, and comedian Mo Amer.Dany Assaf said part of the motivation for the event was to "change the channel" on negative portrayals of Muslims and Islam."We just wanted to share a great message of diversity and inclusion," he said.This diversity, Tory echoed, is what sets Toronto apart from the rest of the world. "We're not perfect, but [there is] a lot to be said about how we live together here," he said.
Asylum seeker walked into Canada across farmer's field after entry denied at official crossing-[CBC]-yahoonews-June 9, 2017
A Liberian woman who walked into Canada through a farmer's field says she only took that route after being denied entry at a border crossing.On May 8, Watta Cephus came to Canada to claim asylum by walking through the field — something she says she was too afraid to do in March, after she first tried to enter Canada at an official crossing."It's really scary. It could cost your life," said the 39-year-old. "I've seen stories of people who have lost their body parts — recently, the lady who died."In May, the body of Mavis Otuteye was found just south of the Manitoba border town of Emerson. She was attempting to walk into Canada.In March, Cephus walked up to the Emerson port of entry requesting asylum. She had been living in the U.S. for three years and her visa was set to expire, with no chance of renewal.In the past year, hundreds of asylum seekers have avoided crossing at an official port of entry. Many fear being denied entry because of the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States.Under that agreement, asylum seekers must make refugee claims in the first country they reach. That means those coming into Canada from the U.S. would be turned back at the border.However, Cephus fell under the family exception to the agreement because her aunt, Martha Cummings-Newray, lives in Winnipeg. Cummings-Newray has been a Canadian citizen since 2011."Unfortunately, I didn't have my birth certificates and things with me to establish it the first time," said Cephus.She said the border agent didn't allow her to call her aunt to establish their family relation and she was sent back to the U.S.Cephus said she went back to Minnesota, where she was staying with friends, and had her aunt send her copies of documents to prove their relationship.With her visa set to expire on May 20, Cephus said she couldn't decide if she should try the official border crossing again, or cross through a field."Given the first situation, I was just kind paranoid about going back," she said. "That's not really something I would do under a normal circumstance … but I didn't really have a choice.""I am so happy because I've got her and she's safe," said Cummings-Newray. "I can sleep now without worrying that she is in those bushes, trying to come and [getting] stuck in some kind of mud or snow or something."The women hadn't seen each in years. Cummings-Newray and her family fled during the Liberian civil war in the 1990s, while Cephus and her family stayed.Cummings-Newray said she is happy her niece is with her in Canada because things are still bad in their home country."What my sister explained she is going through is so terrible. They torment, and she has been moving around for her own safety," she said.Cephus passed her criminal record check and is now in the process of filling out paperwork to get a hearing with the refugee board.
Cosby on trial: Gripping testimony, brisk pace mark Week 1-[The Canadian Press]-yahoonews-June 10, 2017
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania has moved at a brisk pace and produced gripping testimony along with moments of levity. The case could reach the jury early this week.The aging Hollywood icon is charged with drugging and molesting a young woman he befriended through his alma mater, Temple University, in 2004.The trial involves only accuser Andrea Constand, although about 60 women have accused Cosby of similar misconduct over his long career as an actor, comedian, author and, as one judge said, "public moralist."Constand went to police in 2005, but the local prosecutor declined to press charges. Authorities reopened her complaint in 2015 after learning Cosby had testified in her lawsuit to giving various women wine, pills or even quaaludes before sex.Prosecutors called 12 witnesses over five days before resting on Friday. Cosby, 79, could take the stand when the defence starts its case Monday, although most court observers call that risky given the cross-examination he would face.Here's a recap of the trial's first week and a look at what's ahead.___HOW DID ACCUSER ANDREA CONSTAND DO ON THE STAND?-The case largely rests on the credibility of accuser Andrea Constand, a former professional basketball player who worked at Temple from 2002 to 2004 as director of operations for the women's team. Calm and direct, she remained unrattled over more than seven hours of testimony over two days. She occasionally grew teary discussing the sexual encounter, when she said she was semi-conscious and could not object.She said Cosby had "never said a word to me" to convey his interest in her, although she acknowledged she had twice before rebuffed his advances. Despite that, she said, she did not feel threatened and accepted his invitation to come to the house to discuss her career that night and trusted him when he offered her three pills for stress.Constand, 44, now a massage therapist and yoga enthusiast in her native Toronto, put her hands together in a quick Namaste pose when she finished her first day of testimony and smiled broadly as she left the stand the next day.___HOW HAS THE Defence FOUGHT BACK?-The defence has hammered home inconsistencies in Constand's statements and insists she had a consensual, romantic relationship with Cosby, who was not only a celebrity but a high-powered trustee at Temple. They stress that she has changed the date of the encounter from March 16, 2004, to sometime in January. They also poured over her phone records to show 73 later phone calls between her and Cosby. Constand says she had to return calls from Cosby given her job and his status on campus.Cosby's list of their prior "romantic" episodes includes a time they spent 15 minutes resting on a bed together at a casino hotel, when Cosby says he held her in his arms but did not kiss her. Constand says she sat at the edge of the bed, with one foot on the floor. But Cosby also says in his testimony in her lawsuit that he had once before put his hand down her pants, and his fingers inside her body, without her objecting until he tried to kiss her breasts. Constand says she pushed him away when he grabbed her zipper.___WHAT'S BEEN COSBY'S DEMEANOR?-Cosby has appeared in good spirits as he fights charges that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. He plays to the cameras and onlookers as he walks in and out of the courthouse each day, wishing a fan a happy birthday or raising his wooden cane to salute well-wishers who shout, "We love you, Bill Cosby!" and "Hey, hey, hey!," the catchphrase from his "Fat Albert" TV show. It's a stark contrast from the feeble-looking Cosby who hobbled into his arraignment after his Dec. 30, 2015, arrest. Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt says, "He's 79 years old and he's feeling good."Inside the grand, century-old courtroom, the veteran performer has been mostly subdued. As Constand and a second accuser testified, Cosby — who says he's legally blind — looked down at the defence table or stared toward the witness stand, often with a hand across his forehead. Other times, he confers with his lawyers. And, when there's a light moment, he'll smile and laugh.___WHO'S WITH COSBY IN COURT?-Mornings at Cosby's trial have been a bit like the old show "This is Your Life," with college and Hollywood friends showing up to support him and reminisce. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who starred as the youngest daughter on "The Cosby Show" walked Cosby into court Monday. Sheila Frazier, an actress from the 1970s hit movie "Superfly" and her husband, Cosby hairstylist John Atchison, escorted Cosby in and out of the courthouse Wednesday. Comedic actors Lewis Dix Jr. and Joe Torry appeared with Cosby on Thursday. Cosby's own family, however, has been noticeably absent. Wyatt says some of Cosby's family will join him in court this week. He says Cosby told wife Camille to stay away so she didn't have to endure the "media circus."___WHAT'S THE ATMOSPHERE LIKE IN COURT?-The mood has been serious and the testimony often gripping, with a few moments of unplanned levity. The gallery includes several tightly packed rows of reporters from The New York Times, Variety, foreign outlets and elsewhere, along with a few Cosby accusers. The proceedings turned sober as Constand testified over two days.The light moments include: Constand's brother-in-law struggling to remember the year he got married but instantly knowing the day he joined the Toronto police force; her mother testifying that she had been truthful in telling Cosby — who thought he was being recorded — that she has a parrot and telling the court his name is "Ozzie"; and Judge Steven O'Neill bringing in an oversized gavel and promising to use it if things get rowdy after jurors asked why he didn't have one.O'Neill has been looking out for the jury, given that they are sequestered 300 miles from their Pittsburgh-areas homes. He's made sure court doesn't run late on nights their city's hockey team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are playing in the Stanley Cup finals. "What time does the puck drop?" O'Neill asked Thursday.Maryclaire Dale And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press.
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